Category Archives: Mental Health

Depression Quest

Re: Depression Quest

Note: this post and game aren’t particularly enjoyable or happy, so don’t read on if you don’t feel able to or don’t want to deal with a heavy subject.

Depression Quest is a game devoted to helping people understand what it feels like to be depressed, as well as to let those who have similar experiences in reality understand that they are not alone. While I’d seen it before but didn’t play, I stumbled upon it again, on Christmas Eve, through some indie game developers on Twitter. I decided to play this game, though not because I suffer from depression, nor because I wanted to destroy any feelings of happiness or joy during the holiday season.

Instead the game felt appropriate after hearing of friends having difficulty with the stresses of the holidays. There’s a pressure to perform and be cordial and social. There’s a perceived necessity for everything to Go Just Right. For some, there’s a lot of pain in forced interaction with certain family members. Even transgressions and lack of consideration for triggering or harmful behavior.

So I played it with all that in mind, trying to better understand those close to me who don’t go home and find comfort, but stress.

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Re: The Special Special Special

A lot of times when I watch, read, or experience something great, I have a lot of thoughts that I want to put down. But it’s not always as formal as a “review”. It’s not always as glowing of a “recommendation”. And “dissection” leaves a bad taste in the mouth.┬áSo for now, I’ll leave it as Re:, as in “regarding”, or any other re- words that fit what I’m trying to say!

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford, from mariabamford.com

Maria Bamford is a comedian I didn’t know much about until she appeared on the Nerdist podcast a while ago promoting her new special (that I’m discussing here). She talked about mental illness and other serious topics in a wonderfully humorous way, which is rare. This was also at a time when my own views on the subject had recently evolved to a more reasonable and compassionate approach. It’s sad to say that some of the terrible, harmful examples Maria impersonates in her routine are thoughts I’ve had, though thankfully rarely shared.

Anyway, it took me far too long to sit down and watch it. And it’s great!

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